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18 hours ago

Good educational trail and the petrified woods are amazing! Good for kids, nice view of the reservoir from the top.

One of our favorite hikes during our trip to Utah! Peek A Boo was like climbing through a natural jungle gym and Spooky was like nothing I had experienced before. We missed the entrance to Peek A Boo because we were unaware that you had to climb into the entrance (poor research on our part). We ran into a group that had hiked the gulches before and guided us in the right direction. About 200 yards into Spooky from Peek A Boo, you will run into an obstacle, which forces you to chose a way to descend. The safest way to us seemed to be a 6 ft+ drop onto a flat rock, but we weren't willing to risk it. We turned to go back through Peek A Boo, but luckily ran into an awesome group of locals, who brought webbing with them. Without these incredible people, we wouldn't have made it safely though Spooky. This portion of the hike is not for those who have a wider girth. The gulches are an unbelievable experience, but be prepared to rock scramble, potentially jump, and bring a LOT of water. Also, Ranger Mike at the trailhead is an awesome guy--take the time to speak with him!

off road driving
17 days ago

Not much of a hike. The road leading there is quite bumpy at times. We had the place to ourselves. The rock formations were neat to see. There's picnic areas but they aren't in the shade. Can get quite hot in the summer.

on Devils Garden

18 days ago

Did it with 5 children ages 5-14. Everyone loved it and the kids had a lot of freedoms to hike by themselves. The hike from peek-a-boo to spooky was hot and sandy but well worth it. We all enjoyed Peek-a-Boo more than Spooky. I'd recommend going up Peek-a-Boo and down Spooky.

This is amazing!! Quite a long road to get there and seems like never will, but really worth it! There was no one else around when I got there and it was the place all to myself. Truly amazing the rock formations.

very nice, recommend taking time and read the pamphlet they give you. great views all around the top.

hiking
1 month ago

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

These canyons are an awesome little day hike. People really need to clean up after themselves better, but it's beautiful there. We enjoyed the slots so much, we went back in and night hiked them with headlamps. We were definitely the only ones in the canyon in the middle of the night! Highly recommended!

We were definitely over confident on this one....but will be going back for sure. The trail is not clearly marked at all. We had several references and researched our route. But still struggled to find our way. Next time we will camp at the trailhead and leave early to avoid the heat. We will take plenty of extra water and end up back before dark with plenty of time to enjoy the cathedral. It's absolutely gorgeous !
Be sure to stay to the left as the canyon splits, and the switchbacks donate not easy to see from the top.....but they are there. It was easy to get confused on the way back. But we did find the big red arrow painted on the rock by the sand hill, finally. It was brutal, but we made it back just as the sun disappeared. Some were not as lucky.
The search and rescue were heading down the mountain as we were climbing up. Be safe out there.
I would definitely recommend a GPS.

Super easy hike - the worst part is hiking in the sand during the first 2 miles. This can be done in 2 days but definitely take 3-4 if you want to enjoy the views/play in the water. Went during an extremely busy labor day weekend but still felt like we had the canyon to ourselves for most of the trip.

Please please please practice strict LNT on this hike!! Lots of trash by the Arch, really gross. Other than that this was gorgeous and definitely a repeat.

Beautiful views of the lake, with lots of petrified wood along the trail. Short enough trail for the younger kids. Bring water, not a lot of shade and make sure you grab a trail guide on the way up to identify the markers.